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The 1973 Porsche 911 S in ‘Top Gun Maverick’ Was the Real Star for Sports Car Lovers

The 1973 Porsche 911 S in ‘Top Gun Maverick’ Was the Real Star for Sports Car Lovers

If you want to catch Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s eye, it helps to drive a Porsche.

For the second time in as many Top Gun films, Tom Cruise’s romantic interest loves German sports cars. This time it’s Jennifer Connelly, whose character Penny drives a silver 1973 911 S in the just-released (and record-breaking) Top Gun Maverick.
It’s easy to see why Connelly’s character loves her car so much. The 1973 911 S is true beauty beloved by enthusiasts because of its long nose and slim, pre-impact bumper. Because of toughened safety standards, later models sold in America came with chunkier bumpers that some still consider unsightly. The high-performance variant is also powered by an air-cooled flat-six mated to a fast shifting Type 915 transmission and was capable of churning out 195 horses, a more than respectable figure for the era.

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“Penny sails fast boats, so I liked the idea that she drove a vintage Porsche as well,” director Joseph Kosinski told Bloomberg Businessweek. “I think the 1973 911 S model is one of their most timeless designs.”
Notably, the 1958 356 driven by Kelly McGillis’s Charlie in the first Top Gun was a replica, while the coupé driven by Connelly’s character is a number’s matching original, as is the 1973 911 E used as its backup. The main car was loaned to the production by San Diego resident Nick Psyllos. The longtime collector has a thing for Porsches, having owned, including a 1972 ST tribute car in tangerine orange.
After the 911 S’s co-starring role in Top Gun Maverick, we’re pretty sure it’ll become the most meaningful car in his collection. Or, at the very least, the most valuable. Concours-quality examples of the sports car have been known to sell for in excess of $200,000. When you add in the fact that this one is a movie car, it could be worth a lot more. After all, last fall the 1979 Porsche 928 that Cruise drove in Risky Business sold for $1.9 million.
Of course, that pricetag won’t mean much to Psyllos. He doesn’t have to worry about buying Penny’s 911—he already owns it.

Green Knight? This Fully Functional Batmobile Replica Is All Electric

Green Knight? This Fully Functional Batmobile Replica Is All Electric

Holy voltage, Batman! Bruce Wayne might soon face some serious competition on the streets of Gotham.

Macro Studios, which specializes in crafting replicas of costumes and accessories from comics, films and TV series, has just unveiled what it’s claiming is the world’s first fully functional electric Batmobile for die-hard DC-heads.
The Vietnam-based workshop, which is headed up by artist Nguyen Dac Chung, faithfully recreated the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy using the original blueprints. As such, the replica is the spitting image of Batman’s black beast, but decidedly more eco-friendly. In fact, the six-wheeler can tear up the tarmac without releasing any emissions.    

The electric Batmobile promises a top speed of 65 mph. 

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Tipping the scales at just 1,322 pounds, the electric Tumbler features the same tubular steel chassis as the original, yet eschews its hefty metal bodywork in favor of lightweight panels made of ABS plastic, carbon fiber and composite. This means the e-Batmobile is nearly four times lighter than its 5,000-pound on-screen twin, which, in turn, helps with acceleration.
Speaking of speed, the 500 hp 5.7-liter V-8 found in Batman’s daily driver has been swapped for an electric powertrain and a pair of Lithium-ion batteries that reportedly allow the car to reach 65 mph at full tilt. The specs didn’t include range, but we imagine you’ll have enough grunt to outrun any pesky jokers on the road. As for tread, the Tumbler rides on two 13-inch front wheels and four 18-inch rear wheels—the latter of which comes shod in fat 33-inch tires. 
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Elsewhere, you can also expect sliding automatic doors and a four-camera system that feeds a nearly 360-degree view to the monitor in the cockpit. There’s also a passenger seat to accommodate your very own Robin or Rachel. 
The prototype pictured here is currently on display at the Van Daryl automotive gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, which is now taking orders for the next-gen Tumbler on its website. Robb Report reached out to confirm the asking price, but the team has yet to respond. Also no word on whether they’d make a replica of Adam West’s Batmobile.
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Dustin Hoffman Is Auctioning Off the 1949 Buick Roadmaster From ‘Rain Man’

Dustin Hoffman Is Auctioning Off the 1949 Buick Roadmaster From ‘Rain Man’

One of the more famous vehicles to grace the silver screen could soon be yours in real life.

The 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible from Rain Man will hit the block later this month at Bonhams’s Scottsdale Auction. Movie cars hit the market all the time, this marks the first time the beautiful roadster has been available since Dustin Hoffman acquired it after filming.

Rain Man—which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay in 1989—tells the story of two brothers, Charlie (played by Tom Cruise) and Raymond (Hoffman), who couldn’t be more different from one another and only get to know each other after a cross country road trip. Charlie is a selfish schemer who only finds out about Raymond, after his estranged father dies and leaves all of his fortune, except the Roadmaster, to Raymond, an autistic savant. In an attempt gain control of the fortune, Charlie decides to bring Raymond to live with him, but since the latter refuses to fly, the duo is forced to drive from Cincinnati to California in the convertible.

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This Roadmaster is one of two used during filming. It’s finished in Sequoia Cream accented with lots of chrome and features a red leather interior and tan convertible top. Under its hood, you’ll find a brawny 5.24-liter inline eight, which is mated to a two-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission and is capable of generating 150 hp, according to the listing. Other features include an independent front suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
The gorgeous drop-top was acquired by Hoffman in 1988, shortly after the Barry Levinson-directed film finished shooting. The car, which was fully restored by Larry Payne, has been in the actor’s possession ever since, rarely making an appearance in public. It would seem that Hoffman is ready for that to change, though.

Inside the “Rain Man” Roadmaster convertible 

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“The Buick’s been in storage too long,” he said in a statement. “It should be driven, enjoyed and cherished.”
The Rain Man Roadmaster will go up for bid on Thursday, January 27 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Bonhams expects the car to sell for between $150,000 and $250,000. That’s a lot more than the $3,150 the car originally sold for, but also might be a bargain for a true piece of movie history.
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The Porsche 911 Turbo That Starred in ‘Bad Boys’ Is Heading to Auction

The Porsche 911 Turbo That Starred in ‘Bad Boys’ Is Heading to Auction

Here’s your chance to be a bad boy for life. The very Porsche 911 Turbo that starred in the iconic ‘90s blockbuster Bad Boys is going under the gavel at Mecum next year.

Stuttgart’s finest can be clearly spotted in the film’s opening scene, with Detective Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) behind the wheel and Detective Marcus Miles Burnett (Martin Lawrence) riding shotgun.

A perfect epitome of the era, the sleek, jet-black ride was one of less than 350 produced for the US market in 1994. It appeared on the big screen one year later when Bad Boys debuted in 1995, and, of course, comes complete with all the requisite certificates of authenticity from both Porsche and Columbia Pictures.

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After production wrapped, the coupé went home with the movie’s director Michael Bay, but was later sold to film producer Pat Sandstone. The A-list four-wheeler changed hands a few more times before it was snapped up by the current owner in 2014.
Throughout the years, the car was treated to a couple of restorations and appeared at numerous auto shows. Most recently, it graced the red carpet for the Bad Boys for Life premiere in January 2020. As to be expected, the two-door is presented in mint condition and has just 34,396 miles on the ticker.
Under the hood, meanwhile, the 964-generation 911 is equipped with a rear-mounted 3.6-liter turbocharged flat-6 engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. It’s capable of churning out 355 horsepower and 384 ft lbs of torque, which is more than enough grunt for those high-speed chases.

The retro ride is good for 335 hp. 

True to form, the retro sports car is fitted with a classic cassette player. Other highlights include a sunroof, a luxe black leather interior, Speedline aluminum wheels and a rear plate that reads “BAD BYS1.”
The Bad Boys 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo will be auctioned at Mecum’s Florida sale in January 2022. The auction house yet has not given any estimates regarding the sale price, but it’s safe to say that this bad boy won’t come cheap.
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Looking Back at the Most Iconic Fashion Looks in ‘Mean Girls’

Looking Back at the Most Iconic Fashion Looks in ‘Mean Girls’

Though it’s been more than 17 years since “Mean Girls” was released, it still remains one of the most references movies in pop culture today.Written by Tina Fey, the 2004 teen comedy follows the story of a teenage girl named Cady Heron (played by Lindsay Lohan), who just moved from Africa to Illinois with her family as she joins the exclusive clique called “The Plastics” at her new high school and navigates social cliques, bullying and boys.
Starring alongside Lohan were Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who played Regina George, Karen Smith, Gretchen Wieners, Aaron Samuels, Janis Ian, Damian, Mrs. George and Ms. Norbury, respectively.

When it was released, the movie was a commercial success and received positive reviews, with critics praising the performances by Lohan, McAdams, Caplan and Seyfried.

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Considered one of the most quotable movies of all time, a great number of the movie’s iconic quotes are still used today in GIFs, memes and now TikToks.

Though the movie was released April 30, 2004, fans still celebrate “Mean Girls Day” on social media on Oct. 3, due to a quote said by Cady in the movie in which she recalls all the times her crush, Aaron, speaks to her, with one of them being him asking her what the date was, which was Oct. 3.
Quotes and storyline aside, the movie also encapsulated the perfect essence of fashion in the early Aughts. From low-waisted jeans, bright graphic tanks, low-rise miniskirts, Juicy Couture sweatsuits and all-pink everything, “Mean Girls” is a Y2K fashion classic. Various colors of the signature Louis Vuitton pochette bags are also seen throughout the film.
From the holes in tank tops to the “Jingle Bell Rock” talent show outfits, WWD looks at some of the more iconic fashion moments from “Mean Girls.” Scroll on for more.

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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Turns 15: A Look Back at the Film’s Iconic Fashion Moments

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Turns 15: A Look Back at the Film’s Iconic Fashion Moments

Gird your loins, “The Devil Wears Prada” came out 15 years ago today.
It seems like only yesterday viewers gaped at the sight of Andy Sachs walking through the glass office doors of Runway magazine in those head-turning, thigh-high Chanel boots. In spite of its age, the film is still referenced as one of the most celebrated fashion movies in recent history, with outfits many still take inspiration from today.
Adapted from Lauren Weisberger’s novel of the same name, the film depicts a closer look at the ins and outs of working in the supposedly cutthroat fashion industry. The plot follows the story of recent college graduate Andrea “Andy” Sachs (Anne Hathaway) who lands the highly coveted job of being the co-assistant to powerhouse magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep).

Starring alongside Hathaway and Streep were Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci and Adrian Grenier, who played Priestly’s other co-assistant Emily Charlton, art director Nigel Kipling and Andy’s boyfriend Nate Cooper, respectively.
Weisberger’s bestselling book, released in 2003, was a roman à clef detailing her own personal experience as an assistant to Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, who was widely believed to be the inspiration for Miranda Priestly.

Meryl Streep poses with the award she won for best actress in a musical or comedy for her work in “The Devil Wears Prada,” at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) 
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Upon its release, the film received numerous accolades, including Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), Supporting Actress for Blunt and Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) for Streep, which she eventually won. Streep also picked up her 14th Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, while costume designer Patricia Field received a nod for Best Costume Design.

Discussing her thoughts behind dressing Streep as Miranda Priestly, Field told WWD it was “important for [her] to take it to another level” beyond Anna Wintour being the main inspiration.
“It was about creating for the viewing audience what a chief editor is about. And I discussed all that with Meryl and she agreed with me,” Field told WWD for the film’s 10th anniversary in 2016. “And so in choosing her wardrobe my idea was that she’s a chief fashion editor, she has her own style. It’s not some other editor’s style that I’m copying. We’re creating an original character.”
Here, WWD looks at some of the more iconic fashion moments from “The Devil Wears Prada.” Scroll on for more.

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The Lykan HyperSport Stunt Car From the Insane ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Skyscraper Scene Is Up for Auction

The Lykan HyperSport Stunt Car From the Insane ‘Fast & Furious 7’ Skyscraper Scene Is Up for Auction

It’s no secret that Fast and Furious movies are synonymous with insane car stunts. But, as any self-respecting F&F stan can tell you, few stunts in the franchise stand out like the Abu Dhabi skyscraper jump in Furious 7. And now the car used to film that dazzling sequence is heading to the auction block.

One of the Lykan HyperSport built by W Motors for filming the blockbuster has just been posted for bid on the NFT marketplace Rubix. If you’re wondering why a digital asset company is selling a stunt car, it’s because the winning bidder won’t just be walking away with the flashy vehicle, they’ll also be the owner of its non-fungible token of it as well.

“Furious 7” W Motors Lykan HyperSport 

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Supercars don’t come more over the top than the Lykan, making it a perfect fit for one of the Hollywood’s most outrageous franchises. Designed in the Middle East and built in Europe, it features a futuristic exterior, sumptuous interior and is powered by a twin-turbocharged flat-six capable of churning out 780 horses and 708 ft lbs of twist. The Abu Dhabi-based W Motors only built seven examples of the $3.4 million coupé between 2014 and 2017, making it one of the rarest production vehicles of the last decade.
Despite this limited run, 10 examples were built specifically for use in the 2015 action extravaganza, of which only this one survives—and it’s easy to see why. In the scene, Vin Diesel’s Dom and Paul Walker’s Brian (in his last appearance in the series, following the actor’s tragic 2013 death) jump the car out of the upper floor of one sky scraper, into another and then into one more before leaping to safety as the car plummets hundreds of feet to the ground. While much of the bonkers sequence was handled by computers, real versions of the Lykan were used to give it some sense of realism.
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While still in one piece, this example bears the scars of production, with slight damage to the body, wheels and engine. This Lykan, like the other nine used for filming, is also a stripped-down version of the supercar it’s based on, with its brawny mill swapped out for a smaller flat-six. It’s also not street-legal as its airbag was ripped out for production. Still, it is drivable, and, as far as museum cars go, it’s about as cool as they come.
Pre-bidding for the Furious 7 Lycan Hypersport begins Thursday, with the actual auction scheduled for 9 am EST on Tuesday, May 11. Bidding for the car starts at $100,000. If that seems a lot for you can’t drive around town, just remember that it also comes with an NFT that includes a collage of images and 3-D videos, as well as a “irreplaceable” QR code proving ownership. With the way NFT Mania has been going, the digital assets could turn out to be what you’re really paying for.

How Tiffany’s Yellow Diamond Became The Real Star in Hollywood’s Death On The Nile

How Tiffany’s Yellow Diamond Became The Real Star in Hollywood’s Death On The Nile

Resembling a transparent nugget, the virtuoso fancy yellow 128ct Tiffany Diamond is the largest yellow diamond in the world. It was last worn by Lady Gaga on the Oscars red carpet in 2019, and prior to her, Audrey Hepburn when publicizing Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961; now its exact replica is making its silver screen debut in cinemas worldwide this December.
The Tiffany diamond.

Death on the Nile, based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 mystery novel that recounts a murder and misadventures aboard a glamorous river steamer, sees it woven into the screenplay.
The film stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders and  Dawn French and is directed by Kenneth Branagh, a five-time Academy Award nominee who also plays the lead as detective Hercule Poirot. Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co. chief artistic officer, considers the central role “deserving of our priceless diamond,” which has rarely made an appearance outside its vault since it was process.” Delgado waxes poetic on how the jewelry brings an added dimension to a character.
Agatha Christie.

Proposed sketches for the Tiffany diamond’s setting

“The Tiffany Diamond’s color and beauty are quite extraordinary; it’s a hypnotic piece,” he says, describing how the jewelry offers a new layer of beauty and quality to the costumes. To wit, if Benning’s character is glamorous and eclectic, avant garde jewels and particularly bracelets, pulled from the Tiffany Jean Schlumberger collection, help to balance the aesthetic.
The jewelry will not only highlight the costumes but also glisten against an exceptional Egyptian landscape. Death on the Nile is filmed against the grandiose Giza pyramids, the sparkling Nile River, and expansive desert. And while the diamond is a replica, for both protection and comfort’s sake, its fiery glow and ambitious girth will garner as many gasps from the audience as the numerous turns of Christie’s mystery.
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Originally published in the November 2020 Issue of Vogue Arabia

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